Chelsea target Samuel Eto’o is set to leave Inter Milan this summer, with the club’s CEO Ernesto Paolillo admitting that the striker will be sold.
“Samuel Eto'o will leave and Wesley Sneijder will not be sold,” Paolillo said, in a comment that will no doubt disappoint Manchester United.
While Sneijder has never been a target for Chelsea, Eto’o is a striker who Roman Abramovich has long admired.
Eto’o admitted as the transfer window opened that he would be open to a move to the Barclays Premier League, telling reporters: "I am currently considering my options. I have one month to decide as to whether I want to stay put or choose to move to the Premier League.
"I am now 30 years old and it is very important for me to think about my future before I sign what could be my last contract.
"I have already shown that I have what it takes to play in Italy and I now have the idea of proving myself in England."
While reports are circulating that Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala have made a bid for the Cameroon international, Chelsea shouldn’t be counted out of the race just yet – the club is able to offer Champions League football and would favour Eto’o’s preference to move to the English league.
But after Eto’o’s comments, it would appear that the ball is in Chelsea’s court to make a bid for the star, who is said by the BBC to be worth £35 million.